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The Gallery / Think Positive
« Last post by heartsongjt on February 15, 2019, 05:43:57 PM »
  Think Positive

 Don't ever doubt your ability to succeed
 at anything you choose to do....
 Falling down sometimes happens
 But getting up is up to you.
 Believe in yourself-
 Dreams do come true. jt

Dec 6,2017 9:24pm

This thought is on my Rainbow site [where I once posted my thoughts].
                                       -Jan Tetstone
Authors' Resource Centre / Parts of a Book
« Last post by heartsongjt on February 15, 2019, 04:32:07 PM »
Keep in mind that there is no book that has all of these parts. Use this list instead to make sure you have the right content in the right category, and that elements of your book appear in the sequence in which they are expected.


The pages at the beginning of a book before the body of the book. These pages are traditionally numbered with lowercase roman numerals

Half title—Also called the Bastard title, this page contains only the title of the book and is typically the first page you see when opening the cover. This page and its verso (the back, or left-hand reverse of the page) are often eliminated in an attempt to control the length of the finished book.

Frontispiece—An illustration on the verso facing the title page.

Title page—Announces the title, subtitle, author and publisher of the book. Other information that may be found on the title page can include the publisher’s location, the year of publication, or descriptive text about the book, and illustrations are also common on title pages.

Copyright page—Usually the verso of the title page, this page carries the copyright notice, edition information, publication information, printing history, cataloging data, legal notices, and the books ISBN or identification number. In addition, rows of numbers are sometimes printed at the bottom of the page to indicate the year and number of the printing. Credits for design, production, editing and illustration are also commonly listed on the copyright page.

Dedication—Not every book carries a dedication but, for those that do, it follows the copyright page.

Epigraph—An author may wish to include an epigraph—a quotation—near the front of the book. The epigraph may also appear facing the Table of Contents, or facing the first page of text. Epigraphs can also be used at the heads of each chapter.

Table of Contents—Also known as the Contents page, this page lists all the major divisions of the book including parts, if used, and chapters. Depending on the length of the book, a greater level of detail may be provided to help the reader navigate the book. History records that the Table of Contents was invented by Quintus Valerius Soranus before 82 bce.

List of Figures—In books with numerous figures (or illustrations) it can be helpful to include a list of all figures, their titles and the page numbers on which they occur.

List of Tables—Similar to the List of Figures above, a list of tables occurring in the book may be helpful for readers.

Foreword—Usually a short piece written by someone other than the author, the Foreword may provide a context for the main work. Remember that the Foreword is always signed, usually with the author’s name, place and date.

Preface—Written by the author, the Preface often tells how the book came into being, and is often signed with the name, place and date, although this is not always the case.

Acknowledgments—The author expresses their gratitude for help in the creation of the book.

Introduction—The author explains the purposes and the goals of the work, and may also place the work in a context, as well as spell out the organization and scope of the book.

Prologue—In a work of fiction, the Prologue sets the scene for the story and is told in the voice of a character from the book, not the author’s voice.

Second Half Title—If the frontmatter is particularly extensive, a second half title identical to the first, can be added before the beginning of the text. The page following is usually blank but may contain an illustration or an epigraph. When the book design calls for double-page chapter opening spreads, the second half title can be used to force the chapter opening to a left-hand page.


This is the main portion or body of the book.

Part Opening page—Both fiction and nonfiction books are often divided into parts when there is a large conceptual, historical or structural logic that suggests these divisions, and the belief that reader will benefit from a meta-organization.

Chapter Opening page—Most fiction and almost all nonfiction books are divided into chapters for the sake of organizing the material to be covered. Chapter Opening pages and Part Opening pages may be a single right-hand page, or in some cases a spread consisting of a left- and right-hand page, (or a verso and a recto). Statistically, if a spread opening is used, half the chapters (or parts) will generate a blank right hand page, and the author or publisher will have to work with the book designer to decide how to resolve these right-hand page blanks.

Epilogue—An ending piece, either in the voice of the author or as a continuation of the main narrative, meant to bring closure of some kind to the work.

Afterword—May be written by the author or another, and might deal with the origin of the book or seek to situate the work in some wider context.

Conclusion—A brief summary of the salient arguments of the main work that attempts to give a sense of completeness to the work.


At the end of the book various citations, notes and ancillary material are gathered together into the backmatter.

Postscript—From the latin post scriptum, “after the writing” meaning anything added as an addition or afterthought to the main body of the work.

Appendix or Addendum—A supplement of some kind to the main work. An Appendix might include source documents cited in the text, material that arose too late to be included in the main body of the work, or any of a number of other insertions.

Chronology—In some works, particularly histories, a chronological list of events may be helpful for the reader. It may appear as an appendix, but can also appear in the frontmatter if the author considers it critical to the reader’s understanding of the work.

Notes—Endnotes come after any appendices, and before the bibliography or list of references. The notes are typically divided by chapter to make them easier to locate.

Glossary—An alphabetical list of terms and their definitions, usually restricted to some specific area.

Bibliography—A systematic list of books or other works such as articles in periodicals, usually used as a list of works that have been cited in the main body of the work, although not necessarily limited to those works.

List of Contributors—A work by many authors may demand a list of contributors, which should appear immediately before the index, although it is sometimes moved to the front matter. Contributor’s names should be listed alphabetically by last name, but appear in the form “First Name Last Name.” Information about each contributor may include brief biographical notes, academic affiliations, or previous publications.

Index—An alphabetical listing of people, places, events, concepts, and works cited along with page numbers indicating where they can be found within the main body of the work.

Errata—A notice from the publisher of an error in the book, usually caused in the production process.

Colophon—A brief notice at the end of a book usually describing the text typography, identifying the typeface by name along with a brief history. It may also credit the book’s designer and other persons or companies involved in its physical production.

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Review My Work / Re: 500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - The Vagrant
« Last post by EliTaffJr on February 15, 2019, 03:20:06 PM »
Eli,I have put your books on my 'to read' list....... Thank you for sharing your stories.    Jan

Wow, thank you, Jan! That is truly appreciated. I believe that is the highest praise one can get on these forums!
Review My Work / Re: 500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - The Vagrant
« Last post by heartsongjt on February 15, 2019, 12:46:57 PM »
Eli,I have put your books on my 'to read' list....... Thank you for sharing your stories.    Jan
All the Write Questions / What are Idioms?
« Last post by heartsongjt on February 15, 2019, 12:32:24 PM »
What are Idioms?
A faulty idiom is an expression which, though correct in grammar and general meaning, combines words in a manner contrary to usage.

Idioms are established by custom, and cannot be explained by logical rules.

"I enjoy to read" is wrong, not because the words offend logic or grammar, but merely because people do not instinctively make that combination of words.

"I like to read" and "I enjoy reading" are good idioms.

    Faulty Idioms                         Correct Idioms
in the city Toledo                      in the city of Toledo
in the year of 1920                    in the year 1920
I hope you a good time              I wish you a good time
the Rev. Hopkins                       the Reverend Mr. Hopkins
stay to home                            stay at home
different than                           different from
independent from                      independent of
in search for                            in search of
remember of                            remember

Make sure that a verb or adjective is accompanied by the right preposition.

List of correct idioms:

accused of (a theft)                      accord with (a person)
accused by (a person)                  agree with (a person)
agree to (a proposal)                    enamored of
agreeable to                                entrust to
angry at (a condition)                   free from
angry with (a person)                   listen to
careful about (an affair)                part from (a person)
careful of (one's money)               part with (a thing)
comply with                                 pleased with
convenient to ( a person)              resolve on
convenient for (a purpose)             sympathize with
correspond to (things)                  take exception to
correspond with (persons)             wait for
dissent from                                wait on(a customer)

Avoid a compromise between two idioms.

For the idiomatic use of articles, "The United States" not "United States."

Self-Publishing Central / Killer Space Clown
« Last post by EliTaffJr on February 15, 2019, 04:54:15 AM »

If you enjoy what I’ve been posting in the Review My Work section, check out my Horror Flash Fiction Anthology!

This spooky anthology by Eli Taff, Jr. is a collection of ten flash fiction stories packed with cosmic horror and unbelievable terror that will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you sleeping with the lights on.

The evil clown that steps out of a childhood memory and kills with a touch; the terrified mother who finds a monster in her daughter's bedroom; the unfaithful businessman who gets off the subway at the wrong stop; the gangster who robs the wrong old lady on the wrong night.

Each microfiction horror story is exactly five hundred words long, and one or more can be easily devoured in a single sitting.
Review My Work / 500 Words - Dark Fantasy Flash Fiction - The Vagrant
« Last post by EliTaffJr on February 15, 2019, 12:05:30 AM »
I remember writing this one because it’s the only story in my anthology that didn’t have an outline. It started as a free write that continued growing and branching out and connecting itself to the other stories in interesting ways. In the end, I really like how it answers questions posed by earlier stories while presenting new ones. I hope you like it!

500 Words

They called him the Vagrant because no one knew his name.

The old man stumbled into Cleshire Village one day and never left.


The Vagrant crouched in the mud of the marketplace, mumbling to himself.

His long white hair hung over his bearded face. He shivered in the dry morning air.

A pot-bellied man walked by and kicked the Vagrant.

“Come now, Golbert, leave him be!” Vera Pudgullet chided from where she was sweeping the stoop of her inn. “He ain’t causin’ ye no trouble!”

“He causes me plenty!” Golbert pointed. “Filthy bastard planted his arse in front of me shop yesterday, scared away the decent folk!”

“We’re in the middle of a war!” Vera said as Golbert stormed off. Her eyes widened “Ah! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Welcome!”

An old man and a Halfling with a mop of dark, curly hair rode past on slow, tired donkeys. Their glazed and weary eyes scanned the streets and buildings.

“Come in and warm ye‘selves by me fire!” Vera Pudgullet shouted. “I have a wonderful quail egg porridge! Best in the Southlands!”

The Halfling yawned.

“What say you, old timer?” He whispered. “I think we’ve gained a nice lead. Not a purple robe in sight. You wanna stretch your legs? I’m starving.”

“You’re a Halfling.” The old man said. “You’re always starving.”

“My lady!” The Halfling said. “I am Crown Prince Matalesta Van Honeybottom, of Picklewick Bay. This is my manservant: Chibby Figgis. Ready two bowls of your delicious porridge, posthaste!”

“Right away, milord!”

She ran off. The Halfling turned to his companion and smirked.

“This will be good for us, Michal. You’ll see.”

“Michal…” the Vagrant mumbled.

Michal glanced at the pathetic figure crouching in the mud.

“Dear gods…” Michal gasped. “It cannot be.”

“What?” The Halfling asked.


Gwendolyn held the knife to Todrik’s neck.

Her hand shook.

“I’m sorry.” She said. “He is corrupted. If you’d seen him… you would have killed him.”

“Seen who?” Todrik was still under the effects of Gwendolyn’s Paralysis spell.

It took a great effort for him to spit the words out.

“Philip.” Gwendolyn pulled away the knife and wrapped her fingers around Todrik’s forehead. “Our son.”

“What?” Todrik’s eyes widened as Gwendolyn spoke the words of an ancient, terrible spell. “Gwenny!”

Todrik’s brain melted.


Todrik Willamont jerked awake.

His ribs ached and his stomach burned.

A large man approached.

“Damned beggar!” Golbert lashed out with a heavy boot.

Before the kick landed, Todrik grabbed Golbert’s foot and twisted it, bringing the big man to the ground. Then, Todrik pressed his knee into the butcher’s fat neck.

“Gods!” Golbert gurgled and gasped.

“Shut up. Where am I?” Todrik said.

“Cleshire… Cleshire Village…”

“Where the hell is Cleshire Village?” Todrik asked. Golbert’s face turned a deep purple. “Answer!”

“Southern coast. A day’s ride from Stormhaven…”

Todrik stood and dusted himself off.

He walked away with his head held high.

Like a soldier.


“Who was that?” The Halfling asked, his mouth full of porridge.

Michal shrugged. “An old dragon.”

Review My Poetry / Only Thoughts
« Last post by heartsongjt on February 14, 2019, 03:11:21 PM »
Only Thoughts

No words today...
 Only thoughts
 that move my heart.

Thoughts of loss
 thoughts of pain
 thoughts of love
 thoughts of what was
 thoughts of surviving
 thoughts of God
 thoughts of Heaven's gain
 and thoughts of how life
 could have been
 for an angel I call mine...

Thoughts...only thoughts
 I've thought a million times.
            -Jan Tetstone

2:44pm February 14, 2019
Review My Work / Re: Reincarnates
« Last post by Rantideva on February 14, 2019, 12:38:28 PM »
That first paragraph was totally confusing.  I had no idea Lene was a person, and at one point, you say "his father" referencing Lene, who is obviously a girl.  And as noted, there needs to be some space between the lines.

I think the writing needs a good edit and then the story can be interesting. 
The Gallery / Thoughts About Love
« Last post by heartsongjt on February 14, 2019, 11:45:36 AM »

Thoughts About Love

Where there's love in the heart
There's love in the home.

Love has the power to change
ones mind and/or heart.

Never underestimate the heart
whether it belongs to you or
someone else.

Love can conquer he fear of
loving, after a heart has been

A moment with love can change
ones destiny.

Love doesn't need permission
to be.

Love is the key to living a full

Hate can only destroy a loving
heart if one lets it.

Once touched by love, one never
           - Jan Tetstone

11:38am February 14, 2019
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